Michigan: A Second Disease State

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Many individuals are exposed to an asbestos disease that is diagnosed with Asbestosis, (a non-malignant scarring of the lungs) every year in Michigan. What you might not know is that if you received a settlement for asbestosis, and years later, even decades later, you receive a diagnosis of Primary Lung Cancer or Mesothelioma (cancer of the lining of the lung or lining of the abdomen), you or your family will be eligible to file a second disease case. This is the law in the state of Michigan. You must remember, however, that once diagnosed with a second disease cancer one must comply with the law that regulates Michigan’s Statute of Limitations.

Many of the Serling & Abramson, P.C. clients that received settlements over the years for their non-malignant diagnosis of asbestosis have later found that they have developed Primary Lung Cancer or Mesothelioma. When and if this unfortunate event happens, our clients inform us of the situation and we can start the process for a second disease case filing. Even if your asbestosis case was with another law firm, Serling & Abramson, P.C. can help you with the second disease cancer case.

Remember as to Lung Cancer, even if you are or were a heavy smoker and you develop Lung Cancer, Serling & Abramson, P.C. can assist you with a second case provided you were exposed to asbestos for an extended period. Cigarette smokers who are exposed to asbestos and then develop lung cancer are entitled to compensation for their damages.

Mesothelioma is another possible second disease that several of our clients have developed after being successful on their first case for asbestosis. Some patients may not remember where they have been exposed to asbestos. This is because mesothelioma disease is typically not diagnosed for 15 to 35 years after the initial asbestos exposure. Tobacco usage plays no role in the development of mesothelioma.

Our firm, Serling & Abramson, P.C., has the most extensive asbestos product identification information and many more years of experience than any other law firm in Michigan. We can help you navigate the complexities of asbestos litigation.

Keep in mind that almost all states in the country set a time limit for the filing of a Lung Cancer or a Mesothelioma case.

Learn more about Michigan’s statute of limitations related to asbestos.